American Dream - Death of a Salesman

1005 Words Dec 15th, 2010 5 Pages
The play Death of a Salesman greatly portrays a specific ideology in regards to values, dreams, goals, and success in our consumer-driven society. It helps showcase the American dream that society tends to strive for even in the early 1900’s (the play is set in the 1940’s). That dream of being a successful business person or vendor. As well as the theory that image and physical attributes are most important to gaining fruition. Willy Loman plays a man in his sixties who has strived for this American dream for over 30 years but realistically has failed miserably on his goal in life – a wealthy salesman like his idol Dave Singleman (a fellow who could make a fortune selling without even leaving his hotel room). He spends his entire life in …show more content…
He continuously highlighted his “importance in the world” to his sons and instilled the thought that they should grow up to be just like him. The sad part is Willy was never what he said he was. He continued to teach them values and ideals of life that he never actually had himself. I understand he wanted Biff and Happy to grow up and become a more successful salesman then he ever was. I believe he wanted to live his dreams through them. Biff and Happy grew up with elevated dreams and impractical goals just like their father spent his entire life.
Willy Loman has many traits of a young child. He never really lives outside of his own unrealistic world. When children are young, they think they are able to achieve whatever their imaginations believe. Willy has the same idea as this throughout his whole life. He never lets go of that dream even though he knows its not the smart decision. He knows he would be more successful as a tradesman working with his manly hands but he refuses to follow the wiser choice. Mainly because he is searching for that American Dream that society proclaims to be the best.
Personally I see this world of salesmanship and such value being put on image everyday in the world of business. Sad but true, that many employers hire first off based on what that candidate looks like as they walk up to the interview room. Image without substance; what ever happened to what that
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